Extra Curricular Activities (ECA)
One of the best ways to support students with holistic development is to offer a wide assortment of Extra-Curricular Activities outside of the classroom and to encourage students to participate in ones that meet their interests and needs. Involvement in Extra-Curricular activities will also help form an exciting dynamic that promises to shape the ASHK community in meaningful ways.
Leadership and Clubs
At ASHK, we are committed to providing opportunities for students to develop and refine leadership skills while catering to various interests and needs. All clubs will have an executive team of students responsible for developing the club’s mission and related activities. As part of the team, students will strengthen their organizational skills and learn more about the value of flexibility and adaptability. Students will practice communication skills, setting appropriate goals and priorities for the club. Learning to respect the rights and contributions of others and they will grow to appreciate the importance of team-work.
Service activities at ASHK aims to allow students to develop the necessary skills to become responsible global citizens, which is a goal embedded in our Mission Statement. We provide the opportunity for students to make a positive contribution to the school community and the wider community as well. Service contributes allow students to learn social responsibility while aligning with the ethos of an international school and requirements for students enrolled in an IB Diploma Program.
Students at ASHK can become involved by providing direct service to other members of their school community (i.e. tutor, usher, digital ambassador, score-keeper, lunch monitor, and "buddy" for new students). Some will connect with the wider community as volunteers in hospitals and homes for the aged and some will travel as part of an experiential learning opportunity to work in an orphanage or rural school, engage in a beach clean-up, or participate in a home-build through Habitat for Humanity.
Fine and Performing Arts
Students across all grade levels at ASHK will be exposed to Fine and Performing Arts. Involvement in the Arts is associated with gains in mathematics, verbal skills, cognitive ability, and critical thinking. In addition, Arts education not only inspires intrinsic pleasure and stimulation but can also improve motivation, confidence and teamwork. It can help young children begin to find meaning in life and open their minds to multiple perspectives.
Students at every level will have opportunities to join after-school ensembles and perform on stage. Choirs and bands are at the heart of the school’s musical life and theatre and dance productions will become part of an expected tradition at ASHK. Performance options will include musicals, comedy, drama or one-act plays. Our mission is to encourage maximum participation and to provide quality experiences for students that are rich, varied and enjoyable.
Participation in sports is an integral and enjoyable part of a child’s development and of the overall ASHK curriculum plan. We believe in the close relationship that exists between a healthy body and a healthy mind. Our goal is to motivate and involve large numbers of students to participate in sports and to foster them a sense of respect and confidence, an understanding of commitment, the significance of teamwork, and the desire to dedicate energy toward the pursuit of established goals. We are committed to offering a dynamic and exciting programme in line with the many varied interests that exist.
Elementary School students are introduced to athletics as part of a balanced PE programme and through after school learn-to-play ECAs. They will discover the joy of movement, learn about their bodies and develop physical and cognitive skills that begin to lay the foundation for participation in team and individual sports, and lifelong health.
The older students in the Elementary School will have lunch-time intra-mural sports (i.e. basketball, soccer) available to them. These will be complemented by additional opportunities for inter-school competition in friendly matches and invitational tournaments within the local and regional leagues.
The focus for our competitive teams will be with the International School Sports Federation of Hong Kong (ISSFHK). Sports available are usually offered in 4 age categories - U12, U14, U16 and U20. As the school grows, sports offered will include Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Swimming, Track and Field, Rugby, Tennis, and Golf.